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Fourth meeting of the Conference of
the Parties to the Stockholm Convention
on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs COP4)

4-8 May 2009 | Geneva, Switzerland

The Broken Chair, a monument dedicated to land mine victims. View from the UN Headquarters in Geneva.

Stockholm COP grapples with key issues

The fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP4) to the Stockholm Convention convened for its third day in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, 6 May 2009.

During the morning plenary session, delegates addressed measures to reduce or eliminate releases from intentional and unintentional production and use.

During the afternoon plenary session, delegates addressed reporting, information exchange and POPs wastes.

Contact groups on new chemicals, financial resources and technical assistance, non-compliance, effectiveness evaluation, and budget convened throughout the day and into the evening.


 
 
  PLENARY  
 
 
 

 
 
L-R: Paul Whylie, Secretariat, consulting with COP4 Vice President Atle Fretheim, Norway; bird's eye view of the COP4 plenary.
 
 
 
   
 

 
 
L-R:  Co-Chair Ramon Guardans, Spain, contact group on effectiveness evaluation, and Co-Chair Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan, contact group on financial resources and technical assistance, reported to plenary on their progress.
 
 
 
 

 
 
African delegates consulting during plenary.
 
 
 
 

Momodou B. S. Canteh, Gambia   Bruce Clements, Dow Agrosciences  Xia Ying Xian, China
 
 
 
 

 
 
L-R: The morning dais with Fatoumata Ouane, Secretariat; Paul Whylie, Secretariat; COP4 Vice President Atle Fretheim, Norway; and Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention.
 
   
 

L-R: Bjorn Beeler, IPEN; Glenn Wiser, CIEL; Mariann Lloyd-Smith, IPEN

 

Jaromir Manhart, Czech Republic, in consultation with delegates from Romania.
 
 
 
 
CONTACT GROUPS:
 
 
 
 

Contact group on new chemicals discussing PFOS.

 

L-R: Kei Isobe, Secretariat; and Chair John Roberts, UK, in the contact group on new chemicals.
 
 

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L-R: Co-Chair Mohammed Khashashneh, Jordan; María Cristina Cárdenas-Fischer, Secretariat; and Co-Chair Jozef Buys, Belgium, in the contact group on financial resources and technical assistance. 
L-R: Non-compliance contact group Chair Anne Daniel, Canada, with Masa Nagai, Secretariat.
 
 
 
  SNAPSHOTS:  
 
 
 

L-R: Imogen Ingram, ISACI, in a discussion with Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla, Senegal; Alf Wills, South Africa; and Frederick Mupoti Sikabongo, Namibia.
L-R: Ndiaye Cheikh Sylla, Senegal, in a conversation with Bakary Kante, UNEP.
 
 
 
 

Participants admiring the indigenous peoples photo exhibit.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

L-R: Secretariat staff working behind the scenes.
 
   
 
 
 
 
   
   
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